Month: March 2020

Israel, Orthodox

COVID-19: Notable Jewish Deaths

Rabbi Masud Tubul and Aryeh Even, early Jewish victims of the novel coronavirus

The first (may it be the last) death in Israel due to the novel corona virus, is 88-year-old Aryeh Even, of Jerusalem. Even was a Hungarian Holocaust survivor who died in Jerusalem’s Shaarei Zedek Hospital. The family released a statement: “We are sad we weren’t allowed to be at his side in his last moments.” …

American Jewry, antisemitism, Holocaust, Quality of Jewish Life

Man Arrested for 2018 Antisemitic Crime

Caine Zander Brown

Caine Zander Brown, age 20, has been arrested for spraying antisemitic graffiti on a Louisiana synagogue, Northshore Jewish Congregation, in 2018. During the investigation, the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force interviewed Brown regarding a separate matter. Brown admitted traveling to Mandeville, the location of the synagogue, at the time of the defacement of the house …

American Jewry, Quality of Jewish Life

How American Jews and Shuls are Dealing with Corona Virus

corona virus carrier and hand touching mezuza

Trading notes with friends across the U.S. the day after Shabbos Parshas Zachor, was interesting this year, in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak. A friend in Elizabeth, NJ, told me that, “In shul, they had hand sanitizer on the tables in the back and returned the Sefer Torah directly to the Aron. People did …

antisemitism, BDS, Israel

BDS This: Israel Develops Coronavirus Vaccine

Israeli lab tech works on coronavirus vaccine

Israel is going to have a coronavirus vaccine in three weeks. That doesn’t mean we will have it then. It will take time for it to clear regulatory stuff and to be manufactured and distributed. That could take 90 days or more. By that time we hope the epidemic will have passed, but the thing …